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Fiat Money in a Search Theoretical Model with Generalist Consumers


  • Xavier Cuadras-Morató


There are two general ways in which the role of fiat money has been introduced in the standard monetary search-theoretical model. The first is to bring in the model a fiat object with different intrinsic properties. The second is to introduce a centralized institution that favors the use of fiat money through specific transaction policies. We carry out a similar exercise for a modified version of the model in which agents have a different structure of preferences. We characterize the conditions for which there exist equilibria with circulating fiat money and evaluate the main differences with the results derived from the standard model.

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  • Xavier Cuadras-Morató, 2003. "Fiat Money in a Search Theoretical Model with Generalist Consumers," Working Papers 48, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bge:wpaper:48

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    Fiat money; search theory; government policy;

    JEL classification:

    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • E00 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - General


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